Latin Jazz nominees for tonight’s Latin Grammy Awards

Tania Maria Credit: Bruno Bollaert, volume12

The 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will  air live  in the United States on the Univision Network  from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) tonight.

Here are the nominiees for the Best Latin Jazz Album:

Jerry González y El Comando De La Clave:  best known for his ground-breaking Fort Apache Band, Jerry’s other projects include a big band and Los Piratas del Flamenco.

Chuchito Valdes Live in Chicago:  yes, the son of Chucho Valdes and the grandson of Bebo Valdes.  Talent and energy run in the family.

Tania Maria–Tempo:  pianist, singer, composer, bandleader.  Her specialty is a blend of samba, bossa nova, Afro-Latin, Pop and Jazz fusion.

Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard–Chano y Dizzy:  a tribute to the musical collaboration of American trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo.

Arturo Sandoval–Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You):  another loving tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, mentor to so many musicians and supporter of Afro-Cuban jazz.

Two other nominees to watch, in the Best Instrumental Album category:

Miguel Zenón–Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook:  a beautiful collection of songs from Zenón’s ancestors, beloved by generations of Puerto Ricans.

Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian–Further Explorations:  the trio “further explores” the music of Bill Evans.

1 thought on “Latin Jazz nominees for tonight’s Latin Grammy Awards

  1. Wow, just discovered your station, and subsequently your web site. I live in Abu Dhabi, down the road from Dubai, and we have an awesome jazz DJ named suriana Mahmood (my spelling), who plays superb jazz in only 3 hours of evening air time each night. It has been my good fortune to be exposed to jazz around the world, and jazz personalities of fame, and should be famous. Another jazz radio poersonaility that is lesser known is sharron McCleod out of Toronto. She actually performed a s a vocalist with some great Toronto jazz musicians in my long running jazz festival I co-founded in Buffalo, NY.

    From West coast to East Coast, from Europe to Asia, I have spent my life attending great concerts and enjoying great jazz radio stations. Yours is truly right up there iwth MTSU in Middle Tennesee State, Toronto’s jazz FM, and Temple Univeristy’s WRTI, WBFO (Univ of Buffalo’s formerly great station featuring Bert Gambini, a legendary jazz DJ. I would add Ramsey Lewis’station in Chicago, or at least his time spots on the radio station, but forget the name (Began with a “D”)

    The art form is such a blessing, and your station carries it so well. Here’s to you!

    D.P. from Philly,

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